First Community Credit Union Scholarship:  Based on academics, extra-curricular activities, volunteer/work experience, and a short essay.  Available for schools in which FCCU has branch locations:  Bismarck State College, Concordia College, Lake Region State College, Minnesota State University – Moorhead, Mayville State, NDSU, NDSCS, Northland Community and Technical College, University of Jamestown, University of Mary, UND, and Valley City State.  Amount: $4000 (8) and $2000 (5)  In addition, a limited number of individual one-year scholarships will be available to any college.  Due: March 16th.  Apply at:

ND Conservation District Employees Association Scholarship: Open to high school and college students who are residents of North Dakota and intend to study agriculture/natural resource management/environmental or related field.  Application and a 500 word essay on the topic: “The importance of conservation on the Next Generation”.  Amount: $1000.  Due: March 2nd.

North Dakota Association of Counties Scholarship:  Open to students who have a parent or grandparent employed by a county in North Dakota. This includes elected county officials, appointed officials, full-time employees, and permanent part-time employees. Based on leadership Honors, Personal Statements and academic achievement.  Amount: $2000 (6).  Due: June 8th .  NDACo Scholarship Fund, c/o Institute of Local Government, PO Box 877, Bismarck ND 58502, (800) 932-8730  Apply at: 

America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Scholarship:  Sponsored by Monsanto for students pursuing an ag-related field of study. The selection process takes into account the whole student - FFA involvement, work experience, Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), community service, leadership skills and academics.  Students need two farmer endorsements on their application.  Amount: $1500 (over 1800).  Enrollment date: Nov.15- Feb 1st.  Apply at: 


AgCountry Farm Credit Services Scholarship:  Applicants must be from an actively farming or ranching family OR must be planning to pursue a career in farming or some other aspect of agriculture such as agricultural extension, agricultural education, soil conservation, farm and ranch management, agricultural finance, veterinary medicine or agribusiness. Applicants must also line in Eastern North Dakota or Western Minnesota.  Amount: $1000 (36).  Due: March 1st.  Apply at:


North Dakota Rural Water Systems Association:  Seniors enrolling in Bismarck State College’s Water & Treatment Technology program OR a child or grandchild of a current city/rural water system employee, OR elected city/rural water system official. Preference will be given to North Dakota residents.  Based on career goals, leadership activities, financial need and an essay.  Amount: $8000 in scholarships, Due: April 28th.   2718 Gateway Avenue, Suite 201, Bismarck, ND 58503, (800) 349-6951.


North Dakota Corn Growers Association: students submit a completed application, career plans, at least two letters of recommendation from non-family members, a resume and a copy of their most recent transcript.  Applicants are required to be a member of a North Dakota Corn Growers Association. Student memberships are available for high school and post-secondary students for $10.  Amount: $1000 (10)  Due: Jan 4th    1411 32nd St. S, Suite 2   Fargo, ND 58103  (800) 657-8007           Application:


Polar Communications:  John G Walters Scholarship: Seniors whose parents are a current Polar subscriber. Write a 300-word essay dealing with a selected topic. Amount: $1000 (5)  Polar’s Leadership Scholarship for students involved in teir school, serve their community and achieve leadership roles.  Amount $2000.  Foundation for Rural Service (national level) Amount: $2500  FRS Staurulakis Family Scholarship for seniors majoring in math, science, engineering, or medicine.  Amount: $5000 (4)  Telecom Management Services Scholarship: Amount $1,500 (2).  Everett Kneece Return to Rural America Scholarship: Amount $7000.  Roger Alan Cox Memorial Scholarship: $500 (3)  Apply for all seven scholarships with the same application.  Due: Feb. 15th   Address: Box 270, Park River, ND 58270,  (800) 284-7222 ext. 361


North Dakota Mensa Scholarship: Open to all residents enrolled in a US college in the fall of 2018.  Submit a 550-word essay describing their educational and career goals by Jan. 15th.  Amount: $500 & $600.  For more information:


Elks National Foundation Scholarship:  Any high school senior who is a citizen of the United States can apply (No need to be an Elks member).  The scholarship is bases on scholarship, leadership and financial need.  Amount:  Local winner: $500.  National winners: $50,000 (2), $40,000 (2), $30,000 (2), $20,000 (2), and $4000 (480)  Due: Nov. 27th   Apply at: 


Dacotah Chapter, Daughters of American Revolution, Good Citizens Scholarship:   Each High School may choose one senior student as the DAR Good Citizen. That student then has the opportunity to enter the Good Citizen Scholarship contest. The chosen Good Citizen student will have two hours to write an essay on a selected topic.  Deadline: Dec. 1.  The winner of the Dacotah Chapter scholarship is then entered in the North Dakota State DAR contest. The Chapter award is $300 and the state award is $250.


Real Deal Scholarship: Every month. October – March the Bank of North Dakota awards eight seniors from across the state a $500 scholarship.  In April 2017, these 48 students will have the opportunity to compete for a $3000 scholarship.  Seniors need to have at least a 2.5 GPA, demonstrate school or community involvement in at least activities, and plan to attend a North Dakota college or university.  Apply early to increase your chances of winning.  One application is good for each monthly drawing.  Apply at:  


Valley Bone & Joint Clinic Scholar Athlete of the Month:  Recognizing student athletes who excel in athletics as well as academics.  Junior or senior athlete who has earned a varsity letter in a sport, achieved a 3.5 GPA, and lives in eastern ND or northwestern MN.  Amount: $500 scholarship awarded each month.  Apply at:


Alert Magazine Scholarship:  Write an essay (650 – 800 words) about a personal encounter you or someone you know has had with drug and/or alcohol abuse. Discuss how it was dealt with, what you learned from the experience, and what was right or wrong (in your opinion) about the way the incident or problem was handled.  Senior with a 2.5 GPA.  Amount:  $500   Mail your essay, transcripts, photo, name, phone number, address, and school name to: Alert Magazine, Attn: Scholarship, P.O. Box 4833  Boise, ID 83711    1-800-398-0842

North Dakota Scholars Program: 20 – 25  tuition scholarships (at the state school rate) given to students attending an in-state college. The scholarship is based on ACT scores and class rank. The top 5% of scorers on ACT (usually 32) taken between October and June 31st of the student’s junior year qualify.